The International Youth Day Conference was organized by The Centre for Values in Leadership in partnership with The Nigerian Youth Parliament with focus on the theme: “Innovation and Sustainability in the Education Sector”.
Date: Thursday,15th August 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, (CIBN), Plot 19, Adeola Hopewell Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Chief Host: Prof. Pat Utomi (Improving Nigerian Youth Education for Leadership)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tunji Adegbesan ( Innovation and Sustainability in the Education System).
Enumerate Practical Steps to transforming education in the Nation and subsequent Action plan.
Launch some projects that will bridge the gap between youths and graduate employability skills.
This is geared towards solving the problem of having half baked graduates who are not qualified to deliver in the corporate world and global organizations.
This is also a platform to engage young emerging leaders to help them grow, as well as influence young people in society.
The IYD Conference started with a welcome speech by the MC of the day, Pat Obilor
CVL founder, Pat Utomi spoke on the mission of CVL and the importance of leadership and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
You do not lead until you can love ~ Pat Utomi
Africa’s Silent Crisis
It seems that while attention was focused on scaling up access, quality slipped very badly, meaning that as we continue to scale access, we may just be scaling to increase the availability of failure.
72% of high-school students didn’t acquire high-school competencies Over the past decade, an average of 72% of Nigeria’s secondary school leavers have failed the secondary school-leaving examination. Not acquiring basic competencies In Malawi, 52% of girls and 44% of boys are not acquiring basic competencies in school.
There has been a catastrophic drop learning achievement across much of Africa Just last week, the World Bank published a report, showing learning achievement is not “happening” across Africa, even as we’ve seen a growth in access. Brookings already found the same in an earlier study
A Serious Problem
• We are failing in educational achievement at all levels, but especially at the senior school level
– In 2014, Nigerian ejected 1,162,896 youth on to the streets (68.7% of SSCE candidates), certifying them as unable to attain the minimum educational achievement requirements for senior secondary school
– This number has been growing annually & as we can recently read in the press, failure rates are on the rise everywhere: Law School, universities, professional bodies, military, civil service
• The few thinking about it seem focused on exam achievement not educational achievement
– Not everyone will go to university, but ALL need educational achievement to advance in life & not become societal burdens
A Dangerous Problem
• There are huge social costs to poor educational achievement at the senior school level
– The negative feedback from certifying failure, and the growing number of fellow ‘failers’, reinforces the sense of impossibility, leads to despair, a loss of self-esteem, and thereby extreme vulnerability
– These are some of the most vulnerable youths in the world, with aspirations of self-development & growth extinguished, and often forced to choose between becoming tools in the hands of extremist elements or joining the long queue for some of Africa’s lowest-paying jobs
The timing couldn’t be worse
• As awareness of the limitations of aid for job creation grows, greater attention is being paid to senior high school education, one objective of which, is to produce citizens who can pursue independent value-creating existences in society
• If senior secondary school learning achievement fails, we will be inflating the youth unemployment pool annually with a growing number of angry & frustrated youth, who feel impotent to improve their lot businessdayonline.com
Never in humanity’s history have we more desperately needed to educate so MANY, so well, & so fast
– By 2025, it is projected that developing world will have some 2bn youth below the age of 25. The majority of these have ALREADY BEEN BORN
– Very dangerous at time when many youth are exposed to radical & antisocial messages encouraging them to vent their frustration in violent or destructive ways
– The world’s youth must receive the learning they NEED to function productively & self-sustainably in 21st century society.